The Monkeyʼs Paw on Dundas West. Just pop in $2, and in a flash, youʼll be the proud owner of a new, completely random book. The mystery comes from not knowing what book youʼll actually get. Intense.">

This Toronto vending machine is for serious bookophiles


Published:

If you love mystery and are looking for a quick, cheap thrill, check out this book-vending machine — dubbed the Biblio-mat — at The Monkeyʼs Paw on Dundas West. Just pop in $2, and in a flash, youʼll be the proud owner of a new, completely random book. The mystery comes from not knowing what book youʼll actually get. Intense.

According to Quill & Quire, the idea came about when The Monkeys Pawʼs owner, Steven Fowler, was on a fishing trip with Craig Small. Fowler imagined a contraption with one of his assistants inside, doling out books. Small took the idea to the next level and built an actual vending machine. The Biblio-mat was born.

“Of the people who have used the thing so far, almost every person has been pleasantly surprised and completely amused,” Fowler told Quill & Quire. “I can think of two people who were dissatisfied with the book they got, but I can only assume they were people lacking in imagination and enthusiasm.”

While the Biblio-mat isnʼt for those who are looking for a specific read, it could make for a fun afternoon outing.

[Quill & Quire]

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Local Love: Perfecting the rock-star leather jacket right here in Toronto

Local Love: Perfecting the rock-star leather jacket right here in Toronto

The Taylor Lash x Namesake collab came about easily as the two designers are lifelong friends, with a similar aesthetic keeping their vision on-point.
Posted 3 days ago
Big Opening: Le Labo is Queen West's newest fragrance boutique

Big Opening: Le Labo is Queen West's newest fragrance boutique

Creative impulse and craftsmanship are the main driving forces behind T.O.’s new fragrance boutique, Le Labo
Posted 5 days ago
Interior designer Jane Lockhart imparts her wisdom on livening up the heart of your home

Interior designer Jane Lockhart imparts her wisdom on livening up the heart of your home

The greatest change in kitchen colour is the return to black or much deeper colours in cabinetry.
Posted 5 days ago
Illesteva opens up shop downtown

Illesteva opens up shop downtown

​Illesteva’s glasses are handmade in Italy and radiate spunk that appeals to the vibrant youth longing for sunnier skies.
Posted 1 week ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module